Russia's UN Envoy Harshly Attacks US, Israel, for 'Ignoring the Palestinians'

Hamas Says Unity Deal at Risk if Abbas Does Not End Sanctions

US: Hamas must disarm, recognize Israel if it joins Palestinians

Greenblatt says Hamas must meet the global demands to recognize Israel and accept previous agreements with it.

Greenblatt has been shuttling through the region in search of a formula to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. "The injustice has been continuing for more than seven decades, exacerbated through Israeli expansionist and aggressive policies towards Palestinians and the whole region", said Khoshroo on Wednesday while addressing a UN Security Council debate. Although Greenblatt commended the effort, he emphasized to the Palestinians that Washington demands that Hamas disarm itself if it wishes to join any sort of Palestinian government. "If Hamas is to play any role in a Palestinian government, it must accept these basic requirements", Greenblatt said in the statement. "I am emphasizing our government's stance - Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government that leans on a terror organization, until Hamas disarms itself, recognizes Israel and return Israeli hostages and the bodies of Israeli soldiers to Israel".

"Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognise the state of Israel, accept previous agreements and obligations between the parties -- including to disarm terrorists - and commit to peaceful negotiations", Jason Greenblatt, Trump's special representative for worldwide negotiations, said in a statement.

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On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government would refuse any diplomatic talks with the unity government if Hamas had any role in it. It has said it will not give up its weapons, and intends to wield influence behind the scenes. It is imperative to stop all settlement activities in occupied territories, to cease the closure of Gaza, to enhance measures that would improve the livelihood of the Palestinian people and to prevent violence against civilians, he said.

Under the deal, the Palestinian Authority - now dominated by Fatah - is due to resume control of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip by December 1.

China firmly supports the two-states solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state with full sovereignty and independence on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, he said. Previous reconciliation attempts have failed, and there is no guarantee that the current round of talks will succeed.

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